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Notes: Eastern Illinois' Lora close to school receptions record
Home Sweet Home: Georgia Southern will play its 200th game in Allen E. Paulson Stadium Saturday when it plays host to Wofford. Beyond the current 13-game home winning streak, the Eagles are an impressive 168-31 alltime at home and an even better 32-3 during the playoffs. Nicknamed "the Prettiest Little Stadium in America" by former head coach Erk Russell, Paulson Stadium was opened in 1984 and played host to the 1989, 1990 and 1991 FCS national championship games. A record crowd of 25,725 watched GSU defeat Stephen F. Austin 37-34 in the 1989 national title game.
Panther Climbing: Eastern Illinois wide receiver Erik Lora needs four catches to tie the school single season record of 76 set by Jerry Wright in 1976. Lora currently leads the nation in receptions (72) and receiving yards (1,001). He has six consecutive games with 100-plus yards receiving this season including two over 200 yards.
History with Hoyas: Georgetown has never defeated Lehigh in Patriot League play, going 0-11 in its matchups with the Mountain Hawks. But the Hoyas can call on some recent history for motivation on Saturday. Georgetown had lost its first nine Patriot League matchups with Holy Cross before defeating the Crusaders in 2010, and had dropped its first eight League contests against Colgate before a 40-17 win last year. Both of those games, like Saturday’s matchup with Lehigh, were played at Multi-Sport Field.
Firsts a Plenty: When Missouri State hosts South Dakota this weekend it will mark the first time the two teams have ever met on the football field. Both teams will be shooting for their first Missouri Valley Football Conference victory of the season, and as newcomers to the league, South Dakota will be looking for its first MVFC win.
Tigers Tame Offenses: Off to a 6-0 start (its best start since the 2001 season) Tennessee State has been winning with defense in a conference that features some potent offenses. The Tigers are one of just two FCS schools (Bucknell being the other) to not allow more than 20 points in a game this season. After beating nationally-ranked Eastern Kentucky last week, Tennessee State takes to the road to play at Southeast Missouri State this Saturday.
9,000 Brown: With 8,808 career passing yards, Illinois State senior quarterback Matt Brown is looking to eclipse the 9,000-yard mark at home Saturday against Youngstown State. On his current pace, he would break into the FCS top 25 all-time passing leaders by the end of the season.
Hitching Up to Both Sides of the Ball: Norfolk State redshirt senior Eric Hitch started last Saturday’s game vs. Delaware State at both inside linebacker and fullback, his first time starting on both sides of the ball. He had been a starting inside linebacker (started all 6 games so far this season), but Saturday was his first career start at FB. He had previously gotten a few snaps at FB in goal-line situations earlier in the year, but had never started there. Hitch led the Spartans in tackles last Saturday with eight but just blocked on offense (no rushes or receptions).
Protecting the Passer: In six games, The Citadel and Richmond have both only allowed one sack this season, best in the nation. Citadel is mainly a running team and therefore has only attempted 61 passes, however, Richmond has accomplished the feat even though they have attempted 225 passes in six games this season.
Chanticleer Openings: Coastal Carolina is 7-2 all-time in Big South openers and has won three in arow. However, the Chants are opening against No. 11 Stony Brook this Saturday, and are 0-4 all-time vs. SBU. In addition, they are looking to avoid their first four-game in-season losing streak.
Passing Double: Norfolk State QB Jake Basmagian threw for 312 yards in his first career start. The Spartan starter for the first five games, Nico Flores, had a 387-yard passing game against Howard earlier this season (Sept. 15). Norfolk State and Eastern Washington (Kyle Padron and Vernon Adams) are the only two FCS schools to have two different 300+ yard passers in a game this season. Flores has since moved to WR.
First Half Dominance: Heading into its game against Central Arkansas this weekend, McNeese State has allowed only one touchdown in the first half all season in its five games. In fact, the Cowboys have outscored their opponents 114-16 in the opening half, including pitching shutouts in three of those games. However, McNeese is being outscored in the second half, 80-71.
Tigers on the Prowl: Princeton’s win at Lafayette was its first against a team with a winning record since the seventh game of the 2007 season, when the Tigers defeated a 4-2 Cornell team 34-31. They look to make it two in a row in Saturday’s contest against 3-1 Brown. In addition, Saturday’s victory marked the second win of the season for Princeton, the most they have had in a season since 2009 when they went 4-6.
Unlucky 100: Northern Iowa fell out of the national rankings this week, marking the first time they haven’t been nationally ranked in the last 100 polls.
Wild Passing and Rushing: New Hampshire is the only FCS school and one of six schools in the NCAA at all levels to average more than 245 yards passing and rushing.
Game of the Week: Eastern Washington at Montana State -- The sixth-ranked Eagles travel to Bozeman to take on the second-ranked Bobcats in a game that will have a major impact in determining the Big Sky Conference championship. Montana State has won the last two contests in the series, which includes a 30-7 victory in 2010 when Eastern Washington went on to win the NCAA title. However, the Eagles have won 25 of the 35 contests played in the series.